Unwise tax breaks, petty partisan attacks and inadequate investments

Unwise tax breaks, petty partisan attacks and inadequate investments

Senate leaders are trying hard to convince people that their anemic budget proposal moves the state forward by making big new investments in education...

May 24th, 2017 |  


Court fines and fees: Another barrier to NC’s ballot box

Court fines and fees: Another barrier to NC’s ballot box

How much money do you have to pay before you cast your ballot on Election Day?For most North Carolinians, the answer might seem obvious: none. As the ...

May 23rd, 2017 |  


$293 million in teacher money needed to settle class-size debate

$293 million in teacher money needed to settle class-size debate

On April 27, the General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed, House Bill 13, bringing a temporary reprieve to North Carolina’s great class-...

May 22nd, 2017 |  


Average Pay Isn’t The Point

Average Pay Isn’t The Point

RALEIGH — The average pay received by public school teachers in North Carolina this year was $49,837, up four percent from the 2015-16 school ye...

May 22nd, 2017 |  


Can government force behavioral change?

Can government force behavioral change?

In the late 1970s, I was appointed to the Economic Development Board. At the time I lived in Northeastern North Carolina and believed rural areas dese...

May 19th, 2017 |  


The Right is just getting started

The Right is just getting started

At the conclusion of the whirlwind 2011 session of the North Carolina General Assembly — a session in which new conservative majorities pushed t...

May 19th, 2017 |  


GOP health care bill gives more budget challenges to state, local governments

GOP health care bill gives more budget challenges to state, local governments

Members of the U.S. House narrowly (217-213) pushed through the Republican plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The latest versio...

May 18th, 2017 |  


Don’t Overreact To Budget Numbers

Don’t Overreact To Budget Numbers

RALEIGH — You may have read in the past few days that the North Carolina Senate has approved its version of a state budget to go into effect on ...

May 18th, 2017 |  


Senate headed down the wrong path on state employee pensions, healthcare?

Senate headed down the wrong path on state employee pensions, healthcare?

North Carolina’s state employees would see a bleaker and more uncertain retirement under a proposal heard in the Senate Pensions and Retirement ...

May 17th, 2017 |  


Letter to the Editor: Caboose project begs further questions

On June 9, the Town of West Jefferson will be receiving a caboose to be put on display in the parking lot behind the band stand on Back Street. The pr...

May 16th, 2017 |